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Minnesota’s history of racial intolerance exposed

Book Review

By Dwight Hobbes

Contributing Writer


Elizabeth Dorsey Hatle’s introduction to The Ku Klux Klan in Minnesota (History Press, $19.99) begins, “The overt whiteness of Minnesota in the 1920s makes the Ku Klux Klan finding a home in the state incomprehensible to residents today” — whatever that means. It is clear, however, that while the covert racism that yet prevails in this state might not do the Klan proud, it resolutely upholds its supremacist creed. For instance, there is the constant hue and cry from Black businesses that get shut out of sweet, lucrative contracts to construct sports stadiums. Even the mere existence of Black business in Minnesota is a miniscule percentage. And judging from the behavior of some members of the Minneapolis and St. Paul police departments, it seems they had their training in a Klan camp. Continue Reading →

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Rep. Ellison statement on bill to end the shutdown


WASHINGTON — Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) released the following statement today (October 16) after voting in favor of a Senate-led plan to reopen the government and avoid default:

Common sense prevailed today as we voted to reopen the government and ensure that America pays its bills on time, but Minnesotans are tired of hearing about the latest manufactured crisis in Washington. People who are still unemployed need work; our communities need common-sense gun safety reforms; and we need an immigration system that doesn’t tear families apart. The plan passed today funds the government, lifts the debt ceiling and creates a conference committee between the House and the Senate to set our spending priorities for 2014. This crisis hurt Minnesotans and our economy. Hundreds of people were furloughed and thousands more didn’t know if they were going to be paid for the month of October. Continue Reading →

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What does it take to be a State Senator?

DFL Hayden describes full-time responsibilities of part-time role

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


When the 2013 Minnesota Legislative Session convenes January 8, State Senator Jeff Hayden officially will assume his office as Senate Deputy Majority Leader. The Minneapolis lawmaker is believed to be the first Black in history to be named to a high leadership post. Hayden told the MSR in an interview that Senate Majority Leader-designate Tom Bakk informed him of his new role November 14, nearly a week after the DFL became the majority party in both the Minnesota House and Senate in the Nov. 6 election. Hayden, Senator-elect Bobby Champion and St. Continue Reading →

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